Position Opening: Executive Director

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Executive Director: S.H.A.R.E., Inc. Morgan County Domestic Violence Agency.
Fort Morgan, Colorado.

The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring implementation of the organization’s mission through program development, fundraising, administration, and staff development.

Qualifications include bachelor’s degree in related field and/or five years’ experience in a domestic violence program, proficiency in grant writing and reporting, public speaking, employee supervision, and financial management, preferably QuickBooks.

Ideal candidate will possess experience working with the judicial, human service, and law enforcement systems, including direct provision of victim advocacy.

Proficiency in computer skills and human resource management activities in a nonprofit corporation is required.

Candidate will be supervised by the Board of Directors, live within a thirty minute drive of Fort Morgan City limits, complete background check required. Salary is 48K, negotiable based on qualifications, excellent benefits included.

Email cover letter, resume and references to shareoutreach at Hotmail dot com.

Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Volunteer Training

How you can help

There are many ways you can help stop domestic violence. One of them is to become a volunteer domestic violence advocate and work directly with victims and their children. Or you may provide important program support which allows others to do direct client service work.

Completing twenty-four hours of interactive training and shadowing will quality you as a confidential domestic violence advocate in the State of Colorado.

Your training will include the dynamics of domestic violence, program policies and procedures, client confidentiality, safety planning, and legal issues. You will shadow S.H.A.R.E., Inc. staff members as they respond to and work with victims over the telephone, in the office and at the safehouse. This will give you the experience and confidence to find your best fit within the program.

Some of the opportunities for volunteer advocates include:

  • Telephone crisis intervention on a 24-hour crisis line.
  • Confidential victim advocacy, assisting with safety planning, information and referral
  • Case management and client services for female victims and their children residing in the safehouse
  • Transporting clients
  • Facilitating educational and recreational activities for children coming from homes with domestic abuse
  • Assisting with support group
  • Providing administrative support in the office
  • Helping with special events and projects, community education and violence prevention activities

Training is free of charge.

You must be 18 years old and have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and auto insurance.

You must attend all sessions and be available for evening and/or weekend crisis call duty or other volunteer responsibilities.

LGBTQ advocates welcome.

Bilingual skills (Spanish) are helpful.

How to apply for volunteer training.

Contact 970-867-4444 extension 26 or extension 23 for an application and information on the date of the next training.

Who we are
S.H.A.R.E., Inc. has been working in Northeast Colorado since 1981 to help victims and address the causes of domestic violence. We do that by providing crisis intervention followed by individually tailored services for victims and their children which can include a stay in the shelter, support groups, safety planning, restraining orders, court accompaniment, transitional housing, emergency assistance with things like transportation, rent, and food.

Contact 970-867-4444 ext. 26 or 23 for an application.

S.H.A.R.E, Inc. has office in Yuma

S.H.A.R.E., Inc. Domestic Violence Program has opened a local office in Yuma with an advocate available Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon; one to five p.m. at 910 S. Main Street, second floor, and by appointment by calling the 24-hour crisis line and office telephone 970-867-4444 or toll free 1-877-867-9590.

“Our goal is to provide more immediate access to services for victims in Yuma County through a local office,” said Silvia Castillo, S.H.A.R.E. advocate.

S.H.A.R.E., Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) community-based domestic violence agency providing services to battered women and their children in Morgan County and other areas of Northeast Colorado since 1981. The main office and the shelter are located in Fort Morgan. Multiple services include 24-hour crisis response, emergency shelter, individual advocacy, safety plans, court accompaniment, assistance with protective orders and filing for victim compensation. S.H.A.R.E. serves over 300 adults and children from Northeast Colorado each year. Last year S.H.A.R.E. received 153 crisis counseling calls; 108 adults were provided crisis counseling in person and 60 women and children attended support groups.

There are no nationwide statistics on rates of domestic violence in rural areas versus urban communities, though a number of regional studies have found women in small towns and isolated rural areas experience domestic violence at an equal or higher rate as their urban peers. Those in rural areas have less access to resources and endure more severe physical attacks according to a 2015 report by the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.

Privacy of information given by victims to S.H.A.R.E., Inc. advocates is protected by Colorado law. This includes information clients tell advocates about themselves and their families. It also includes information about whether or not a person is currently or has ever been a client. This is in contrast to government-based victim services such as those provided by an office of a district attorney or law enforcement agency, which are not covered under the privacy statue. Information given to a victim assistant employed by one of these agencies is not confidential and can be shared with others.

The mission of S.H.A.R.E., Inc. is to empower adults and children to live free from domestic violence. We work actively in the community to create awareness, safety and accountability. The ultimate goal of S.H.A.R.E., is the elimination of domestic violence. Toward this end, we focus on community involvement and support, personal empowerment of domestic violence victims, and the well-being and care of children who experience domestic violence.

Emergency and ongoing support

S.H.A.R.E., INC.
Domestic Violence Program
PO Box 414
Fort Morgan Colorado 80701

24 HOUR CRISIS LINE & OFFICE TELEPHONE
(970) 867-4444
Toll Free 1-877-867-9590

Services in English and Spanish for victims of domestic violence and their children in Morgan, Washington and Yuma Counties in Northeast Colorado

Outreach advocate in Yuma
Mondays/Lunes 8-12 and 1-5
Wednesdays/Miercoles 8-12 and 1-5
Or by appointment/o por cita
Call the 24-hour crisis line to contact or make and appointment/
Llame a la linea de emergencia para hacer una cita

We Provide
-24-hour crisis line
-Emergency shelter
-Transitional housing
-Individual advocacy
-Support groups
-Children’s program
-Court advocate
-Help with protective orders and victim compensation claims
-Safety plans
-Training & educational programs
-Teen Dating Violence Prevention curriculum in schools

We also provide news and information on domestic and sexual abuse on our website and our Facebook page.

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Colorado: New Domestic Violence Stalking Law Goes Into Effect

A new law aimed at protecting victims of stalking and domestic violence has gone into effect.
Reports of domestic violence – including stalking – have been increasing in Colorado for the last decade.
Last year alone, there were more than 18,000 reports of domestic violence. But, it was a case involving a Colorado Springs woman that prompted the new law.
Police say Janice Nam’s ex-boyfriend shot her in the head last year, seven months after he was convicted of felony stalking but before he was sentenced.

Glen Galloway, police say, was awaiting sentencing when he cut his ankle monitor, killed a man to steal his truck, and broke into Nam’s house and shot her in the head.
“Right now, there’s a gap of six to eight weeks before sentencing after conviction, and unfortunately that was the gap and time period that Janice Nam lost her life,” said Representative Clarice Navarro (R) Pueblo, the sponsor of the bill.

Navarro closed the gap by passing a law that denies bail to anyone convicted of felony stalking or habitual domestic violence.

Instead, they will stay behind bars during the time between their conviction and sentencing.
“The convicted person has all this rage and anger,” says Navarro, “and that’s the perfect time for them to act out and retaliate.”

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5 Backhanded ‘Compliments’ We Need to Stop Saying to People Who’ve Experienced Sexual Violence

1. ‘You’re So Inspiring!’
Of all backhanded compliments, this one is probably the most common.
I recently participated in a protest that aims to evoke discussion about sexual violence and serve as a way of healing those who have been violated. At the protest, I met someone who said he enjoys participating in the protest because he’s always “inspired” by the bravery of those who have experienced sexual violence.
Immediately, I started panicking. I was planning on talking about my rape on the evening of the march. What if my story was too sad? Not inspiring enough? What if I make people feel bad instead of good about themselves?
Then I reminded myself that I shouldn’t be worried about that. My story is sad – I shouldn’t make it sound more happy or positive than what it is solely to help other people.
I tell my story to heal myself, not to inspire others.
As I’ve written before, people are often expected to talk about their experiences of sexual violence in order to inspire others.
This can be incredibly problematic: Not only do we dehumanize people when we reduce them to sources of “inspiration,” but we also often end up silencing those who want to tell their story but don’t feel that it’s inspiring or positive enough.
If you like being around those who have experienced sexual violence not because you want to support us, but because you want us to inspire you, please rethink your motives.
It’s one thing to be positively moved by someone’s story; it’s another to reduce them to a source of inspiration.
Our value as humans should not depend on how inspiring we are.
Value me on the days I conquer the world, but value me on the days I can’t get out of bed, too. Value me when my story makes you feel positive and comforted, but also when it shakes you to your core and reminds you that the world can be a really cruel place.
Value us not because we inspire you, but because we’re human.
2. ‘You’re Not a Victim – You’re a Survivor!’
I’ve written about labels before. While I focused then on the queer community, some of those ideas apply to nearly all marginalized groups: Self-identification is a powerful and necessary tool in healing and fighting oppression.
And this applies to people who have been sexually assaulted, too: Choosing to label ourselves and our experiences in a certain way can be really empowering.
Some people who have experienced sexual violence use the term “survivor” – and many sexual violence organizations opt to use this term, too, which is why so many well-meaning people use it.
And for many people, it feels empowering to use the term “survivor.” It reminds them that they have overcome a difficult experience.
In many ways, using the term “survivor” to describe those who have experienced sexual violence is powerful and beautiful. But it’s important to remember that some people don’t identify with the term – and it’s crucial we don’t impose that label on them.
I personally understand the appeal of the term “survivor,” but I’ve never identified with the term. On the other hand, I don’t mind using the term “victim” because I was, indeed, the victim of a horrific crime. I’m not ashamed of the fact that a crime was committed against me, simply because it wasn’t my fault.
So when people inadvertently demonize the term “victim,” it makes me – and many others – feel really uncomfortable. It feels like we’re having a label taken away from us, and another label imposed on us.

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Firearms and Domestic Violence: A Deadly Combination

From the National Center on Protection Orders Full Faith and Credit Newsletter, March 23, 2017

Firearms and Domestic Violence: A Deadly Combination

Currently, there is a significant amount of discussion in the United States surrounding gun violence. Firearms and domestic violence are a lethal mix. Looking at homicides that occurred in 2011, a recent study showed that nearly two-thirds of women killed with guns were killed by their intimate partners. (Citation: Violence Policy Center, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data 6, (September 2013) at http://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2013.pdf . It is clear from this data that removing guns from domestic abusers saves lives.

It is important for all disciplines to understand the federal firearm laws and their relationship to any state laws. The complexity of firearm legislation and case law make it difficult and confusing to determine what laws apply and to whom. Federal law prohibits abusers who have been convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence and persons subject to certain protection orders from purchasing or possessing guns and ammunition. Some states have enacted legislation that mirrors the federal firearm prohibitions. Other jurisdictions have adopted broader laws to address issues that the federal law does not address such as including dating relationships and stalking crimes. To assist practitioners, NCPOFFC has compiled a matrix of domestic violence-related firearm prohibitions.

All disciplines that deal with intimate partner violence have a unique responsibility to address the presence and use of weapons to ensure survivor safety. NCPOFFC has created firearms checklists so practitioners can be better prepared to deal with weapons possession. Please click the following link to access the appropriate firearms checklist:

Law enforcement checklist:
This checklist for law enforcement provides information on two classes of persons prohibited under the domestic violence related provisions of the federal Gun Control Act. Those subject to a protection order (18 USC 922 (g)(8)) and those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV) (18 USC 922 (g)(9)) are prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms. This document also provides tips on seizure and safe return of firearms as well as responding to information requests and incidents of officer-involved domestic violence. It is important for all disciplines to understand the federal firearm laws and their relationship to any state laws

Judges’ checklist:
This checklist for judges provides key information on the federal Gun Control Act provisions prohibiting purchase or possession of firearms by those subject to a protection order (18 USC 922 (g)(8)) or those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV) (18 USC 922 (g)(9)). Detailed information on who is prohibited, as well as surrender, transfer, and return of firearms, and requirements of judicial notification are provided.

Advocates’ checklist:
This checklist provides information for advocates facilitating a discussion with survivors about firearms. It also provides key information on the federal Gun Control Act provisions prohibiting the purchase or possession of firearms by those subject to a protection order (18 USC 922 (g)(8)) or those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV) (18 USC 922 (g)(9)).

Prosecutors’ checklist:
This checklist for prosecutors provides key information on the federal Gun Control Act prohibiting those subject to a protection order (18 USC 922 (g)(8)) or those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV) (18 USC 922 (g)(9)) from possessing a firearm or ammunition. This tool provides tips from charging decisions to documenting the conviction, as well as facilitating a community response to aid in convicting dangerous abusers.

NCPOFFC staff is available to assist practitioners in understanding both federal and state domestic violence related firearm prohibitions. Please contact NCPOFFC at 800-903-0111 prompt 2, or visit the website to access matrices of state firearm laws, case law, promising practices, and to request technical assistance or training on this issue.